Michelle’s Emerging #SAPro Journey – Entering the Job Search with Collective Support
Editor’s Note: This story, written by Michelle Meek, originally appeared on The Student Affairs Collective on December 18, 2017.
This is the second blog post in Michelle’s monthly Emerging SAPro Series through The Student Affairs Collective. This month’s post is a reflection about making the most of the time spent in grad school and early career positions, in which Michelle shares several bucket list items for my time remaining at UConn and share my strategy for focusing on graduate school while not ignoring the job search.
Lexy Parrill received the ACUI Gretchen Laatsch Grant and Scholarship to support the work she completed during my practicum with the Programs Office in Fall 2016. Her proposal focused on Student Union Policy Council and Advisory Board best practices. As a recipient of this grant, she received funding to continue my inquiry project and have been asked to write an article to be Published in the ACUI Bulletin.
Peter J. Nicholls Scholarship in Educational Leadership
This scholarship was established by friends, family, and colleagues of Dr. Peter J. Nicholls, former Provost of the University of Connecticut. This scholarship provides support to a graduate student(s) enrolled in the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program.
Neag School of Education Graduate Fellowship
Established thanks to the generosity of numerous faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the Neag School of Education, this scholarship is awarded to a graduate student identified by nomination in his or her program as having a strong academic performance and having gone above and beyond by contributing significantly to the Neag School.
Careers for the Common Good Career Fair 2/15/2017 12-3pm, Student Union
– Highest student attendance since 2009 with 347 undergraduate and graduate students
– 79 non-profit and social service agencies in attendance
Careers for the Common Good is a collaborative project by the Office of Community Outreach, Center for Career Development, and Human Rights Institute that supports students in their exploration of socially responsible career paths.
Emily Daher facilitated and presented a workshop at the National Impact Conference at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO. Topic: Pitching Impact: Sharing Your Social Enterprise Ideas. “The IMPACT Conference is historically the largest annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service-learning, community-based research, advocacy and other forms of social action.” Source: https://www.impactconference.org/about-the-conference/
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life hosted the IMPACT retreat for UConn Greek student leaders, and while Garret Zastoupil and Rebecca Weintraub helped run the event, Julia Anderson and Alex Vann facilitated small groups! http://nicindy.org/programs/impact/
Congrats to Lexy Parrill being awarded the Gretchen Laatsch Grant and Scholarship at the 2017 ACUI (Association of College Unions International) Annual Conference in March. The work being recognized was part of her Fall 2017 practicum in the UConn Programs Office.
The poster is titled, “Concentration and Memory: How Disability Offices Can Serve Students with Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries”
PTI Program 
29th Annual Postsecondary Disability
Training Institute (PTI)
Sponsored by the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
Tuesday, May 30th, Wednesday, May 31th – Friday, June 2nd, 2017
The Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts